This year’s Worthersee event saw several VW, Audi and SEAT concept cars unveiled. But by far the most practical vehicle on show surely has to be the Volkswagen Amarok Power-Pickup Concept, which is, obviously, based on an Amarok single cab pickup.
The Volkswagen Amarock Power-Pickup Concept is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine. It produces 272 horsepower and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. Enough to scoot the pickup to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds, and tow small mountains. Just not at the same time. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic unit mated to a permanent 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.
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Volkswagen today published some sketches of a super high-performance VW Golf GTI-based concept car which they will be showing off at this year’s Worthersee gathering in Austria where Audi/Volkswagen/Skoda fans get together to talk shop.
The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI concept is the most potent Golf-based vehicle since 2007, when Volkswagen introduced the GTI W12 650 concept, again at Worthersee. The Design Vision GTI is based on the recently-launched 7th generation Golf GTI, however the car has had so many modifications it’s virtually an all-new car. It’s longer, lower and wider than a standard GTI, while also having a longer wheelbase, wider track both front and rear, and shorter overhangs.
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Earlier this year Volkswagen treated visitors to the Detroit Auto Show with the spectacle of a large SUV concept in the form of the Volkswagen CrossBlue concept. Now they’ve followed it up at the Shanghai Motor Show with a related concept called the CrossBlue Coupe concept. However whereas the original CrossBlue was a hybrid-powered, practically-minded, sensible SUV, the CrossBlue Coupe is a bit more sporty. It’s still a hybrid, but it has more power and a smidgen more style.
The Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe is a five-seater crossover with a wider and lower stance than its the original CrossBlue SUV concept. Sadly, as is normal for auto makers nowadays, the PR folks have conveniently forgotten what the word “Coupe” means, and wrongly labeled the concept as such. Probably in a misguided effort to make it sound more desirable than it really is.
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Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.
The humble and ubiquitous Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most commonly used donor vehicles for kitcar builders. In this round of Classic Face-Off you’ve got the choice of two Beetle-based vehicles. But despite their identical origins, they’ve ended up as two very different lumps of fiberglass and metal. The only thing they have in common is that almost every one who sees them says “wtf?”
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Now this is a weird one. Where to start? The ZAIRE concept is a truly mad creation which was formulated in the mind of designer Dong Man Joo. It carries a Volkswagen badge and it looks like a really angry snapping turtle. It’s huge, standing at over 8 ft 2 inches (2.5 metres) high, yet it has the ability to crawl both up and along a 30-degree slope without toppling over.
It was created with the National Geographic in mind. Specifically their intrepid and adventourous photographers and cameramen. Every aspect of the ZAIRE concept has been designed to make their lives easier, and their shots better. It has a folding hydraulic arm built right into the cockpit which lifts the photographer up to a maximum height of 32 feet (10 metres). Without them even having to leave their seat!
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Say hello to the fastest-ever convertible Golf, and also the first-ever open-top R model. The all-new Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet comes to the party equipped with a 265 horsepower 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, which sends its power to the front wheels through a six-speed DSG gearbox. It has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, and can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.4 seconds.
Aside from the shiny new engine, the Golf R Cabriolet also benefits from a new front bumper with a gloss-black grille and ‘R’ logo, LED daytime running lights, bi-Xenon headlights, gloss-black door mirror housings, deeper side sills, and a gloss-black rear diffuser which incorporates a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts.
The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet also sits 1 inch (25mm) lower to the ground than its more pedestrian soft-top sibling, and comes with either 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels finished in either silver or even more gloss black.
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Volkswagen has just unveiled the sportiest version yet of the new, new Beetle. It’s not quite as powerful, or quick to accelerate as the limited edition Beetle RSi from 2001 – 2003. But it’s certainly the fastest Beetle you can buy in a VW dealership today.
Its turbocharged engine produces 210 horsepower and 154 lb-ft (210 Nm) of torque, allowing the Beetle GSR to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 7.3 seconds, and carry on to a top speed of 142 mph. As an option the Beetle GSR can be ordered with a six-speed DSG transmission as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
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Ever wondered what the Bugatti Veyron might have looked like were it designed at the same time as the first Type 1 VW Beetles in 1945? Well thanks to the skills of a Polish photoshop artist who goes by the alias of RC82 Workchop, you need wonder no longer.
His beautifully executed render of the oddball combination goes by the name of Bugatti Veyron 1945, and unfortunately there’s no shot of the rear angle to ponder over. But his attention to detail is remarkable, the steel wheels, chrome bumpers, old-style door hinges and handles all go a long way to making this thing almost believable.
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Volkswagen’s big – both literally and figuratively – news at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show is the CrossBlue Concept. It’s a 6/7-seat SUV concept vehicle which was designed specifically for the U.S. and Canada. If it were to go into production, like VW are hinting, then it would slot in somewhere between the Tiguan and the Touareg.
The CrossBlue was designed in Germany under the leadership of Walter de Silva (Head of Design, Volkswagen Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Head of Design, Volkswagen Brand), in close coordination with Volkswagen of America. The vehicle is designed to provide the visual impact of an SUV with the spaciousness and flexibility of a minivan.
“The CrossBlue concept is exactly the right type of vehicle for the U.S. market,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “It combines a truly versatile interior layout with sophisticated Volkswagen design, to give a unique and supremely stylish offering in this segment. Moreover, the vehicle showcases our innovative German powertrain engineering and the bandwidth of the new MQB architecture.”
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Concept cars usually are a bit unusual. But this really is odd. The Volkswagen Bubble concept is a car(?) created by the Brazilian designer Marcelo Shultz. And before anyone starts getting on a “well how can it work” rant. It was just made as a bit of fun to see what you could do with a VW microbus and a heck of a lot of imagination. Weed or alcohol was possibly involved too.
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